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Blue Malayan Coral Snake


Cave Nectar Bat


Orange-bellied Flowerpecker
Peninsular Malaysia


Banded Leaf Monkey
Peninsular Malaysia


Norhayati's Flying Frog
Peninsular Malaysia



Reasons to be cheerful ? Mongabay.com, the world's leading source for forest-related and environmental news, recently published an article entitled 'Top Ten happy environmental stories of 2014'. It's worth reviewing the progress made in 2014 on issues such as climate change, forest destruction, wildlife protection, ocean reserves etc. Rhett Butler, who runs Mongabay, acknowledges that his website is sometimes perceived as 鍍he single most depressing site on the Internet. So are we finally seeing cause for hope ? Read his article and judge for yourself. Click here.

Lately I've spent some time photographing the antics of bats. In particular, I've been documenting the activities of the Cave Nectar Bat (or Dawn Bat) Eonycteris spelaea as they feed on the nectar of inflorescences of the Petai Tree Parkia speciosa. This feeding activity results in the bats being covered in pollen, and it makes for some interesting photos. Clearly the flowering structures of the Petai have evolved to precisely accommodate bats of this size. Click here.


Last update : 23rd February 2015

  Thailand's drive against illegal ivory trade bolstered by forensic tools
  Cambodia : Soldiers Train Rangers to Fight Illegal Logging
  Japanese men arrested while smuggling exotic animals from Thailand in their suitcases
  Nepal痴 most wanted wildlife criminal nabbed in Malaysia
  Singapore : Fishes dying at Pasir Ris?
  Indonesian forestry and fishery ministries move to eradicate corruption
  Malaysia : Sabah NGOs lament inaction on illegal hunting
  Thailand : Wildlife poachers in the crosshairs
  Malaysia : Little being done to protect hunted serow
  Forestry giant, Asia Pulp and Paper, zero deforestation commitment put to test

(For links to older news articles, search the news links)


The Lunar New Year is upon us now, and it's the 'Year Of The Goat' or the 'Year Of The Sheep' (it's not quite clear which is correct).  And what of Southeast Asia's wild goats, in particular the endangered Serow.  Click here to read more about the threat to this species in Peninsular Malaysia.

I wish 'Gong Xi Fa Cai' to all those who celebrate the Lunar New Year ... and that includes me !



Thanks to : Sophia Sak Baker, Andie Ang, Chan Kwok Wai, Vilma D'Rozario, Christine Fletcher, Horst Flotow, Con Foley, James Gan, Graeme Guy, Dave Haylock, Tim Jackson, Benjamin Lee, Leong Tzi Ming, Joseph Lim, Kelvin Lim, Norman Lim, Celine Low, Shawn Lum, Ng Bee Choo, Tony O'Dempsey, Mark O'Shea, Bruce Paterson, Timothy Pwee, Subaraj Rajathurai, Stephen Richards, Morten Strange, Ria Tan, Andrew Tay, Robert Teo, Noel Thomas,  Yeo Suay Hwee  ... I get by with a little help from my friends.